Crystal Palace fans in the Transfer Tavern must surely be hoping their side brings in support for wingers Andros Townsend and Wilfried Zaha.
Support for Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend must be brought in by Roy Hodgson this summer. Crystal Palace lost their first seven Premier League games without scoring in the last campaign. It is no coincidence that Palace’s first win of the season, a 2-1 win at Selhurst over Chelsea, occurred upon talisman Wilfried Zaha’s return to the team. Nine goals, three assists and 1.8 key passes per game, Zaha’s contribution to the team cannot be underestimated.
But can the South Londoners afford to rely on the Ivorian once again next season? If he was to face another spell on the sidelines, Palace could not just accept that eliminated any possibility of picking up points. Roy Hodgson simply must secure another winger in this window, who possesses the ability to cause Premier League defences problems.
A player such as David Brooks, who looks set to join Bournemouth, should have been on the radar of the Eagles. A menacing presence to Championship defences aged just 20, this could have been a perfect chance for Palace to bring in a young exciting player, and take some pressure of their key man Zaha. If Hodgson is not willing to pay a premium to bring in an English player, he could look abroad for a winger.
Last season, the team from SE25 got away with relying heavily on the Ivorian. They must provide more options who can provide Zaha’s role, in preparation for Wilfried suffering an injury. Relying on one player too much over a 38 game season, is a very high risk strategy. To show ambition of doing more than simply surviving in the Premier League, a new arrival is essential for Roy Hodgson.